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The Social Significance of Euphemisms

By Sally Raskoff Why do we use words like “troops” and “escorts” to sanitize our discussions of difficult, disturbing, or controversial topics, like war and sex? There has been much talk of bringing the “troops” home and of “troop” casualties....
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Harvey Wasserman: To Honor Dr. King, Bring the Troops Home Now

Politics / US Politics : Huffington Post: Politics Blog (4 years ago)

Much has happened since then to frustrate Dr. King's dream of true social equality. But nothing of more significance than Lyndon Johnson's horrific decision to escalate the war in Vietnam. Read Post

Should the U.S. Deploy Troops to Scotland?

US Politics / Liberal : Drudge Retort Weblog (yesterday)

Can the United States stand idly by as Scotland descends into civil war? Scotland has just 5,000 combat troops, hardly enough to defend its government against the more than 1 million rebels claiming allegiance to the radical group Y... Read Post

Challenges in Naming Gender Identities: Cis and Trans

Academics / Sociology : Everyday Sociology (8 months ago)

By Sally Raskoff Issues of sex and gender are popular and common topics in sociology; we discuss the complexities of defining sex as physical (male, female) and gender as social (women, men). We assume that males take on the gender.... Read Post


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